November 20, 2014
A neurosurgeon has been jailed for 16 years after being found guilty of nine indecent assaults against patients at two Birmingham hospitals.
Nafees Hamid, 51, had denied a total of 15 charges relating to 10 women between 2009 and 2013 at the city’s Queen Elizabeth and Priory hospitals.
A jury at Birmingham Crown Court convicted him of assaults on six patients.
In passing sentence, the judge said it was “the most extreme breach of trust”.
Judge Patrick Thomas QC, who heard that Hamid will now be struck off, also ordered him to sign the sex offender register for life.
He told Hamid witnesses had spoken highly of his clinical skills, but he had been “brought low by a simple failing – lust”.
“And you exercised your lust as a result of arrogance,” he said.
“These ladies went to see you because they had significant problems and they thought – with your skills, abilities and experience – you were the person who could help them with the medical problems.
“Instead, you grossly abused them.”
During the eight-week trial the spinal surgery specialist, of Russell Road, Moseley, Birmingham, told the court some of the alleged attacks did not happen, while others were legitimate examinations which had been misconstrued.
However, one expert witness told jurors Hamid had performed “inappropriate and medically unjustifiable” examinations, ignoring General Medical Council guidelines.
Among the victims he was convicted of assaulting was a woman in her mid-20s whose complaint led to Hamid’s arrest in November 2013.